Phillies righthander Joe Blanton will begin the regular season on the disabled list, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
He suffered a mild oblique strain during a bullpen session Wednesday and will need 3-6 weeks to heal. This will be Blanton’s first trip to the D.L. in his six-season major league career.
The newspaper speculated that righthander Kyle Kendrick, who was set to pitch in relief after losing the fifth-starter competition to Jamie Moyer, will replace Blanton in the rotation.
Last season, Blanton went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts for Phialdelphia.